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Do asthma patients prefer to monitor symptoms or peak flow?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19905923     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We administered a 65-item survey to patients to assess preference of symptoms and peak flow to detect worsening asthma and to collect information about asthma triggers, asthma knowledge sources, and barriers to peak flow meter use. It was completed by 139 asthma patients. Survey responses were comparable for adult and pediatric patients and for those who owned peak flow meters and those who did not. But patients who owned a peak flow meter reported more severe asthma than others. On average, the patients preferred symptoms to peak flow for assessing worsening asthma. It is likely that the preference for symptom over peak flow monitoring was effort related: Patients preferred symptom monitoring because it was the easier of the two to conduct.
Andrew Harver; C Thomas Humphries; Harry Kotses
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma     Volume:  46     ISSN:  1532-4303     ISO Abbreviation:  J Asthma     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-12     Completed Date:  2009-12-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106454     Medline TA:  J Asthma     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  940-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Health Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223-0001, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Asthma / diagnosis*,  physiopathology,  psychology
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Middle Aged
Peak Expiratory Flow Rate*
Respiratory Function Tests / instrumentation,  psychology,  utilization
Self Care* / psychology
Young Adult

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